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Poster: Vance Capley Date: Jul 10, 2009 9:33pm
Forum: movies Subject: The Last Man On Earth...PD...but...

I found a dvd of Last Man On Earth widescreen and copyrighted. But the pan scan AIP tv release is not copyrighted. How does this work?

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Poster: jonc Date: Jul 11, 2009 12:46pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: The Last Man On Earth...PD...but...

Things such as colorizing and digital remastering can result in something regarded as a new and unique work. I don't know if I agree with that concept, but the altered version can be copyrighted. You'll find new copyright notices on many PD movies in digital form. I suppose pan-and-scanning does not fall in this category, or the studio did not see any reason to make a claim.

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Poster: skybandit Date: Jul 11, 2009 1:37pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: The Last Man On Earth...PD...but...

Most of the commercial releases of PD films have copyright notices, because the mere addition of their logo on the screen before the show starts qualifies as a new product.

I've always wondered why LMoE was PD. Richard Matheson or his estate could have made a claim, since it was derived from a book that is still under copyright. Perhaps because it was made in Europe, and the laws are different there?